Canada If Wexit were to happen, Alberta would be a world leader in greenhouse gas emissions per capita
Calgary’s Mayor Offers To Help Trudeau Get Along With Alberta Amid WEXIT Controversy
Mayor Nenshi is coming to Trudeau's rescue.Mayor Naheed Nenshi spoke about his offer to help the prime minister on CTV’s Question Period on October 27. Firstly, he discounted the rumours that he would be appointed for Alberta in the federal cabinet. He called the rumours “silly,” saying that he hasn’t received a job offer or even been in discussions about a job of that nature.
As support for the separatistmovement grows, so too does an image of , independent from . As a country, Alberta would lead in per capita, nearly tripling that of higher emitting nations, academics say.
According to the 2019 World Population Review, at 62.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in Alberta more than doubles the emissions of Saudi Arabia at 16.85 tonnes per person. By contrast, Australia had 15.83 and the United States had 15.53.
In 2017, the government of Canada listed Alberta’s emissions per capita as the second highest among the provinces – more than three times the national average of 19.4 tonnes per capita. Its most recent data showed Alberta accounted for nearly 40 per cent of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions.
Hundreds gather for Wexit rally in Edmonton as group’s leader pens letter to Jason Kenney
Hundreds of Wexit supporters met in Edmonton on Saturday to discuss the separation of the west. "A meeting like this is bringing awareness to the rest of Canada: we're sick and tired of being the welfare province," said Patrick King, a supporter of the separation."We want to basically get our products to market, we want to be able to get out oil and gas industry back up and moving again."The Wexit Alberta Facebook page currently has about 30,000 members, while the VoteWexit.com Facebook page, which aims to encompass all of the western provinces, has 262,000.
As one of the highest emitters in the world on a per capita basis, Alberta's quest for separation might be putting more pressure on itself to reduce its emissions than it realizes, said Nicholas River, a professor at the University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy.
Currently, there are no international rules that govern the amount of emissions a country can produce. Climate policy is basically done on a voluntary basis by countries, River said. While, as a country, Alberta would be free from Canada's climate policies and carbon tax, it would still be subject to global pressure.
"If Alberta were to secede, it would it would be subject to the same peer pressure as other countries are subject to, and potentially as one of the now biggest emitting countries on a per capita basis in the world, they would be subject to even more peer pressure."
'West wants out:' Wexit rally in support of separation packs Edmonton hall
Chants of “The west wants out!” and “Alberta!” rained down from a crowd of about 750 supporters prior to the start of a standing-room only Edmonton rally to promote Western Canada separation. The Saturday afternoon rally held at the city’s northeast Boot Scootin’ Boogie Dancehall was the first of its kind in Edmonton hosted by Wexit Alberta, a group striving to become a registered political party in the province to advance the separation agenda. The movement amplified following the recent federal election where no representatives from the governing Liberal Party were elected in either Alberta or Saskatchewan.
Félix-A. Boudreault, partner and co-founder of Sustainable Market Strategies, said Alberta’s high levels of per capita emissions come from their reliance on oil sands, heavy oil production and coal-fired electricity generation, whereas other provinces like Ontario and British Columbia rely on hydro-electric generation and have fewer large industrial emitters.
Globally, he said there is a "clear trend towards transitioning to a low-carbon economy," which could spell trouble for the would-be country.
"Alberta being extremely resource rich, like fossil fuels, resource rich and with a relatively small population, it makes the ratio totally out of whack," he said. "Their economy is so focused on the one resource. It's not a good position to be in when you want to be a country."
Wexit is a burgeoning political movement stemming from Western Canada's dissatisfaction with the federal government.
Wexit group applies to become federal political party
A separatist group calling for Alberta to leave Canada has begun the process to become a federal political party. Wexit Alberta's application arrived on Monday at Elections Canada, which has begun the verification process, according to a spokesperson for the federal agency. The group, led by Albertan Peter Downing, aims to do "for Western Canada what the Bloc Québécois did for Quebec," Downing said.Downing ran federally with the Christian Heritage Party in 2015. He said he's since been involved with federal Conservative Party boards, and as a campaign manager with the former provincial Wildrose Party.
The recent western separatist movement is spearheaded by Albertan Peter Downing, who wants a referendum on separation from Canada. On Monday, Elections Canada said it received Wexit Canada's application for federal party status. Over the weekend, hundreds gathered for a Wexit rally in Edmonton, and penned letters to Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney.
Albertan separatism was first established in the early 1900s, but it re-surged following comments from Trudeau about phasing out Alberta's oil sands, a key driver of the province's economy. According to the government of Canada, Alberta's oil sands have an estimated $313 billion of capital investment to date, including $10.4 billion in 2018.
Boudreault, who wrote a study called By the Numbers: Canadian GHG Emissions, said the environmental impact of the oil sands was a key component of the Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions. According to Boudreault, the the oil needs to be heated in order to be extracted from underneath the tar, which takes up more energy.
‘We need to unify Canada’: MPs explain lack of ‘appetite’ for Wexit in B.C.
'I think what’s happening is you see this pent-up frustration of not being heard and not taking job losses and issues seriously,' says Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray.A recent poll by Ipsos says 33 per cent of Albertans said yes when asked if their province would be better off if it separated from Canada – eight points higher than a year ago.
"They would face a very difficult situation where their product is constantly targeted as being dirty," Boudreault said of Alberta. "It's difficult to see how they could significantly improve that performance just because of the nature of the product, the fact that it's such a heavy type of oil."
"It will always require more energy or some type of solvent technology that doesn't really exist yet at the commercial scale," he said.
But Downing disagrees, saying an independent Alberta could encourage its students and engineers to further develop carbon capture and storage technology, which involves trapping carbon dioxide at its emission source, transporting it to a storage location (usually deep underground) and isolating it.
"Alberta is not the problem," he said. "We would definitely pump more money into research and development to improve that technology further, to make it the most competitive technology in the world and allow that to be exported to markets like China and India to solve real problems, real pollution problems."
Wexit party to run federal and provincial candidates across Western Canada .
A western separatist party will be running candidates not just federally in four provinces but provincially in those provinces as well, attendees at a Saturday rally in Calgary heard. Leader Peter Downing said he plans to run federal candidates under the name Wexit Canada and provincial candidates in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with the hope of holding future referendums on separation in those provinces."The establishment is scared when western Canadians stand up for their rights and aren't going to be pushed around anymore.
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